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Definition to summon (call to join) with a gesture


to be desirable and inviting
  • I should be studying, but television beckons me.
beckons = calls (in this case by being desirable and inviting)
  • The police officer beckoned me to come over.
  • beckoned = summoned (called to join) with a gesture
  • I moved faster when I saw Jem far ahead beckoning in the moonlight.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • beckoning = summoning (calling to join) with a gesture
  • the soup ladle was walking up the table towards Alice's chair, and beckoning to her impatiently to get out of its way.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • beckoning = summoning
  • At that moment, the dungeon door opened, and Snape beckoned them all inside.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • beckoned = summoned with a gesture
  • The two women step out, beckoning to the girls to follow them.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • beckoning = summoning (calling) by gesture
  • I looked back over my shoulder, and there was Joe and Ned on the other bank beckoning for me to come back to them.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • beckoning = summoning (calling to join) with a gesture
  • She grinned and beckoned me over the wall when she saw me standing there.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • beckoned = summoned (called)
  • She beckoned to a waitress and asked for more coffee.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • beckoned = summoned with a gesture
  • When Christina catches my eye, she beckons to me, smiling, so my mother and I cross the Pit floor.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • beckons = summons (calls to join) with a gesture
  • 'Ssshh!' whispered Grandpa Joe, and he beckoned Charlie to come closer.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • beckoned = summoned (called to join) with a gesture
  • Riff steps forward and beckons to his girl, Velma.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • beckons = summons with a gesture
  • Two nights after the dawning of Peter's idea he beckoned the girls mysteriously at the twilight hour.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • beckoned = summoned (called to join) with a gesture
  • The cook with his carroty head is begging us to eat; he beckons with his ladle to every one that passes, and spoons him out a great dollop.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • beckons = summons (calls us to come) with a gesture
  • He pauses by the door and beckons for me to follow him, so I do.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He beckons to one of the unfamiliar people behind him.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • She beckons to me, and I cross the kitchen to stand beside her.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • They nod and beckon us to come over.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • We try to make jokes and they answer with things we cannot understand; we laugh and beckon.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • He beckons to her, and she walks down the hallway, the blue light at the end making her bare head glow.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

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